Research indicates that cannabinoids could treat endometriosis by:
A frustrating problem for patients who have their endometriotic lesions surgically removed is that the endometriosis frequently comes back. However, scientists recently discovered that endocannabinoids are involved in regulating cell-migration.
How is Endometriosis Treated?
In fact, imbalances in these neurotransmitters are often linked to reproductive complications and diseases — including endometriosis — and it seems that careful use of phytocannabinoid supplements, topicals, and suppositories could make a huge difference in the underlying imbalance. How?
If you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, then you’re probably already aware that there’s currently no cure. The treatments offered by doctors — including painkillers, hormone therapy, and risky surgical procedures — are aimed at merely holding the endometriosis in check. And they are often ineffective at that.
But which cannabinoids have which effects?
Unfortunately, there isn’t an agreed-upon effective dose CBD, so I opted for the lowest concentration they had. The owner assured me it actually contained 275 mg of CBD per bottle. He suggested I take 3.5 mg (or half a dropper) three times a day for as long as I have menstrual cramps. I can increase the amount as the pain worsens. You can’t overdose on CBD, he told me.
Surprisingly, it actually helped me. Here’s how.
How it helped
The start of my period is brutal. My pain is so bad on the first day of my menstrual cycle that I will throw up if I don’t have ibuprofen at the ready. That is not an exaggeration. It is why you will find loose ibuprofen in nearly every thing I own: camping bags, purses, my bedside lamp, random jacket pockets.
I bought the bottle five days before my period was scheduled to start. I have cramps for about two weeks a month — and CBD isn’t cheap — so I tried half a dropper once a day to start.
If you’re not familiar with the abbreviation, it’s referring to cannabidiol, one of the many molecules found in marijuana and hemp. 1 The hemp-derived version is what I tried and is legal in most states. 2 Unlike its cousin THC, it does not have any psychoactive effects and won’t get you high. It is, however, supposedly helpful in fighting inflammation and chronic pain. 3